Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Mahalia Jackson, singing "Didn't It Rain?" at the Newport Jazz Festival, 1958. Without a doubt, she was the Queen of Gospel Music. Born in New Orleans, Mahalia was disciplined in school for humming; when she moved to Chicago, she was "corrected" in the Baptist church for moving while she sang. No matter, she sang out of her heart and out of her soul.